April Challenge – A bit of controversy

The guys and I went for a ride today. Just a short ride. They insisted that I get video of them riding their trike. I told them I didn’t think it qualified since it didn’t have pedals and needed some sort of assistance for motion.

But Verne retorted, “There are riders on that site that use some sort of assistance for motion!”

Kermit rebutted, “And a whole heap of them ride trikes! You’ve got to show us riding!”

So I caved. After a second round of hives last week, followed by a major energy crash to levels I fortunately haven’t seen in 7 or more months, I didn’t have the energy to argue.

So we went for a short spin – just 15 kms on the outskirts of town. We stopped at the borrow pit on the way home (this is a pond left over from where they took dirt to build the bridge abutments for the ‘new’ bridge over the Murray River built in 2005 – it is now a wetlands with bird hides and a path around the pond). It really was a beautiful day for being outside, so even though I didn’t have the energy for a real ride, I did just want to spend some time outside.

So here are the guys and I riding the path at Whitehead Street Wetlands. Please note that I have to ride impossibly slow so the guys don’t bounce off. You’ll see a few wobbles by them and me. If you think loose chipseal is rough for you to ride… it’s REALLY rough for the guys!

Here are the guys on their trike. Look for this tiny thing trailing me in the video below.

After the ride, the guys wanted to go for a float. Earlier in the day, after my physio appointment, I stopped at the outdoor store to get a sleeping bag. They had all of their summer pool stuff for 60 percent off. Kermit INSISTED I get the palm tree/island oasis floatie.

I said, “Kermit, this is starting to get ridiculous. You have tons of floaties – a flamingo, black swan, white swan, rubber duckie and a boat like Verne’s. That palm tree is huge. I’m not even sure my asthmatic lungs can blow that thing up!”

But Kermit just gave me the look that said “I’m not normally demanding like Verne. Please.”

So I bought the floatie.

When all this started in 2017, I started calling the inflatables ‘floaties’. It was easier to say than “rideable inflatable drink holder”. But the cardboard insert on the new one says “Floatie for your drinks” – so it’s official. They’re floaties. Good to see the guys are living the modern lifestyle, too. And please tell Kermit that the thing is ridiculously large, as seen in the video below.

The swans all swam away when the guys launched, but after 10 minutes of me sitting on the bank and letting the guys float, the swans started slowly advancing back toward us. I am not sure if they were going to run us off their pond or what. I packed up before they got too close. When I got home and googled “black swan aggressive”, there are indications that they can be… not so nice.

We have strayed into the ridiculous. Please note the swans in the background.There are even more to the right, and they will start advancing soon.
This afternoon saw a bunch of high cloud coming in before a cold front tomorrow. No rain forecast, just a drop in temps. Aaaaahhhh, autumn is here.
I was looking at all of Rich’s spoils and had been thinking about how I never saw anything useful on my rides. Jinxed myself. Tire was bald and I had no use for a 16 inch rim (which looked okay).
In addition to the big flock of black swans, there were a few pelicans around today, a bunch of ducks, and a white-faced heron I didn’t get a photo of.

For the rest of the arvo, I rested. It’s a big week coming up at work, and I used up energy I didn’t have over the weekend traipsing between venues for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It was very fun and worth the effort to go down, but it did use energy I did not have spare. So there won’t be lots of riding this week after work, so that we can perhaps do an overnight ride next weekend.

Verne says he has other places he wants to ride the trike, too… please don’t encourage him.

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

11 response to "April Challenge – A bit of controversy"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: April 8, 2019

    The ride AND the float looked mighty nice ;’-). So glad you are feeling at least a little better — good enough for a little ride anyway. And since you had to purchase something for the challenge, good to not argue with Kermit, and just do it ;’-)

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 10, 2019

      Oh, I didn’t even think about using the floatie purchase as a CLC ride purchase – I was just trying to do challenge of the month! I’ve had that Kermit since I was 8 or 9 years-old, so I tend to do what he says 😉

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 8, 2019

    That is a great trike video!! I wonder if Max the cat ……………………..eh, prolly not!!
    Nice road find –no need for a 16″ wheel, but the axle and cones might be useful.
    Happy float time too, Sock Monkey seemed interested in one of his own. 🙂

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 10, 2019

      The guys are relieved to hear that Sock Monkey is safe and being looked after. Verne has more video locations in mind, though daylight savings ended so we don’t have much time after work now before the sun sets!

  3. By: gregblood Posted: April 9, 2019

    Be careful when buying stuff for your inanimate friends. Next thing you know, they’ll steal your Cycle 365 account.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 10, 2019

      Well, if their posts were as adventurous and funny as G-2, then they would be more than welcome to take over for a bit. We’re a pretty tight crew after all this time… and I know I am relegated to communication duties in addition to being the navigator, helmswoman and engine!

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 9, 2019

    Em, if you keep spoiling those two like that, they’ll never be able to make their own way in life!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 10, 2019

      Ha! I don’t think of them as offspring… more like I’m a caretaker of rescue animals with no chance of being returned to the wild. But really, after 30,000 miles together, I really don’t know how I would ride without them. I hope they don’t leave me!

  5. By: Seasidejanet Posted: April 10, 2019

    I loved the videos….the ride was great and the music on the floaties was so,upbeat I wanted to join right in. They are special friends.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 11, 2019

      Thanks, Janet. I do love my crew, though it is odd to have them riding behind me and instead of constantly looking at the back of their heads in the handlebar bag.

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